Past Events

September 13, 2022

What You Need to Know About the Car Industry

Presenter: Mr. George Iny
Mr. Iny, Director of Automobile Protection Association (APA), and the co-author of the Lemon-Aid New and Used Car Guide. George has undertaken more than 30 field investigations of automobile retailing and repairs for government and the media in five Canadian provinces.

Topics that will be covered:

March 16, 2022 

Online Webinar: Identifying Elder Abuse? What Are Your Rights If You Suspect You Are a Victim of Elder Abuse? Is Mediation An Option?

This webinar will be discussing the different types of senior abuse, how to prevent abuse, and will provide information on legal recourses. Special emphasis will be placed on the following topics:

Understanding the different forms of abuse: neglect, physical, psychological, and financial
Are ageism and discrimination a form of elder abuse?
What role does society have in preventing and addressing elder abuse?
The older person’s concept of justice and appropriate vehicles for achieving justice
Approaches to preserve and repair family relationships when the perpetrator is a family member 
Recourses when the perpetrator is a third party
Prevention of abuse and exploitation
Over-protection of the older victim and violation of rights


Presenters: 
Daphne Nahmiash, Ph. D.
President, Handicap-Vie-Dignité
Associate member, McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging (MCSA)


Founder and Honorary president, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) Community Committee on Elder Abuse (NDGCCEA)
Daphne Nahmiash, Ph. D., of Montréal, Quebec, was a member of the National Seniors Council from 2007 until April 30th 2011. She is a member of and former Chair of the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging, Education Committee. She was chairperson of the Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) Community Committee on Elder Abuse (NDGCCEA) which she founded in 1989. She was an Adjunct Professor in Gerontology and Social Services at Université Laval (with a Ph. D. in social work). She retired several years ago from her position as Director of Professional Services of CLSC NDG and as Commissioner of Complaints and Quality of Services at the Centre de santé et de services sociaux Cavendish in Montreal. Dr. Nahmiash has been working in the field of seniors’ health and social services for the past 50 years. She has been part of many government committees and volunteer boards, including at the Quebec Health and Social Services Ministry where she produced government reports on elder abuse, neglect and services to seniors. She has coauthored the book When seniors are abused: A guide to intervention, published by Captus Press and many book chapters and scientific articles on senior abuse as well as the book Home Care: A love affair translated into three languages. Some of her awards include Woman of the Year 2005–2006, awarded by the Montreal Council of Women for initiatives to improve the quality of life of older adults and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contribution to the field of Gerontology in 2012.

 

Ann Soden, Ad.E.

Lawyer and Executive Director, National Institute of Law, Policy and Aging 
Founder of The Elder Law Clinic

Ann is the Founding Chair of the National Elder Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), a writer, editor and conference speaker on issues and problems of ageing and how they can be resolved and prevented in multidisciplinary, client-centred, human ways which avoid court and promote dignity, autonomy and quality of life for older persons.


In 2007 Ann Soden opened the Clinique juridique des aînés /The Elder Law Clinic, a pro bono mobile clinic and pilot research center serving older adults throughout the province of Québec and teaching clinical practices to law, medical and social work students on legal issues, and the multifaceted challenges, of aging.  


In 2007 Ann Soden was designated an avocate émerite (Ad. E.)  by the Barreau du Québec for her contribution to the legal profession, society and the law through the development of Elder Law in Canada. In 2017 she was the inaugural recipient of the Lord Reading Access to Justice Award conferred by the Minister of Justice of Québec.


Ann was awarded the Barreau du Québec’s Justice Pro Bono Prize (2021)
 

February 8, 2022 

Online Webinar: Advance Medical Directives and Living Wills: What They Are and How to Make Them

In this workshop, Rick Goldman is a lawyer and plain language specialist with  Éducaloi, will explain the three specific medical situations, and the five medical treatments, in which advance medical directives (AMDs) apply. He will walk you through the process of making an AMD step-by-step, from downloading and filling out the Régie Assurance Maladie du Québec (RAMQ) form for an AMD, to adding it to the register so that doctors can consult your AMDs if necessary. By the end of this workshop, you will have all the information you need to create and to register your AMDs. It’s free and easy to do! He will also discuss living wills, which are similar to AMDs but less formal.

Presenter:
Rick Goldman
Lawyer and plain language specialist with Éducaloi

A lawyer for more than 30 years, Rick Goldman has a wealth of experience in the community sector. He was Staff Lawyer at Project Genesis, a Montreal community group advocating for housing, welfare and other social rights. He also served as Coordinator of the Committee to Aid Refugees. In addition to working at Éducaloi, Rick also serves as Supervising Lawyer at the Just Solutions Legal Clinic of the Montreal City Mission.

January 28, 2022 

McGill Community for Lifelong Learning Lecture: English-speaking Seniors in Quebec: Challenges and Advocacy

In partnership with McGill Community for Lifelong Learning, outgoing Seniors Action Quebec Executive Director, Vanessa Herrick, recently gave a presentation on English-speaking seniors in Quebec and advocacy. 

December 7, 2021

Online webinar:  Travel Insurance Coverage Especially During a Pandemic

Presented with the Snowbird Advisor & Snowbird Advisor Insurance, this webinar will provide information on the changes that have been made to travel insurance coverage since the beginning of the pandemic and will focus on sharing tips and relevant information for seniors who are thinking of travelling.

The presentation will revolve around the following topics:

   Make sure your policy covers you for COVID
⦁    Trip cancellation, Interruption Insurance & Quarantine Coverage
⦁    Vaccination status and travel advisory level may matter
⦁    Single Trip vs. Annual Trip Plans
⦁    Vacation Rental Tips
⦁    Top-Ups and Extensions, Deductibles
⦁    Upfront and ongoing disclosure requirements
⦁    Pre-existing medical conditions
⦁    Stability Period Clause
⦁    Making a claim- Claim tax credit for travel insurance
Bonus Topic:
⦁    Real Estate- Buying & Selling- Tax & Estate Planning

Presenters:

STEPHEN FINE, LLB

President & Founder, Snowbird Advisor
President & Co-founder, Snowbird Advisor Insurance

Driven by his passion for travel and tourism, Stephen founded Cross Border Media in 2007 as a boutique travel media company, where he developed a number of successful online publications and resources.

In 2016, he launched Snowbird Advisor, which quickly became a leading one stop resource for Canadian snowbirds.

In 2018, Stephen Co-founded Snowbird Advisor Insurance to assist Canadian snowbirds, boomers and seniors with their unique travel insurance needs.

Stephen currently sits on the board of directors for discover America Canada and the Travel Health Insurance Association of Canada’s Innovation Committee.

Stephen received his BA from McGill University and his law degree from the University of Western Ontario and served as legal counsel and in executive roles for multiple media and software companies

JASON NAGY

Jason is the director of operations at Can-Am Insurance and Snowbird Advisor Insurance (travel division)

Jason joined Can-Am as the director of operations in 2016 and Snowbird Advisor Insurance in 2018. He has worked in the insurance industry in various roles for 12 years with a focus on the customer journey. He has boundless enthusiasm for driving efficiencies and new ways to deliver insurance solutions to the travel Insurance market.

SHLOMI STEVE LEVY, B.A.,LL.B,J.D.,TEP

Partner, Member of the Quebec Bar (Barreau du Québec) 
Member of the Law Society of Ontario & STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Mr. Levy was the Co-founder of one of the leading cross-border tax and estate planning law firms in Canada prior to funding Levy Salis LLP. 

His practice is dedicated to United States and Canadian tax and estate planning for individuals and corporations, Canadians doing business in the US, US real estate. Transactions for Canadians and Americans living in Canada, domestic and international trusts, international taxation and corporate law are all part of his practice. 

Mr. Leavy obtained his Bachelor of Law from the University of Montreal in 2002 and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the same university in 2014. 

Prior to his studies in law, he received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) with honours in history from McGill University in 1998.

November 9, 2021

Online webinar:  Tenant's Rights & Responsibilities

Richard Goldman, a lawyer with Éducaloi, will explain the rights and responsibilities of tenants who live in private rental housing and in senior residences.

October 12, 2021

Online webinar: Grandparent's Access Rights Following a Split or Divorce

Well-known Family Law Lawyer, Linda Hammerschmid will be presenting on the following topics:

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Presenter:

M. Hammerschmid has pleaded cases at the Superior, Appeal and Supreme Courts. She was the co-founder(1984) and the Secretary of the Association of Family Lawyers of Quebec until (2012).

She has been involved with the following groups: Child Abuse Prevention Program, a Board Member of the Bar of Montreal for several years, Velvet Hearts and Lake Hughes Association.

She has been heard on many electronic media venues such as CJAD Radio, 940 AM. CBC, Global TV and recently with Mutsumi Takahashi on the New Divorce Act Modifications.

September 21, 2021

Online webinar: The Rights of Mature Workers

The presentation will revolve around the following themes:

Presenters: 

Leslie (Laszlo) Acs B.B.A, M.S.M.

Executive Director La Passerelle, Chair Board of Directors of the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC)


Leslie (Laszlo) Acs possesses many years of diverse management and human resources experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors for multiple industries. His specialties include: leadership and team building; workforce development and optimization; motivation and engagement; recruitment and retention; project management and mature workers career services.


Mr. Acs holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Bishop’s University. While studying for his Master of Science in Management at HEC Montreal, his research interest focused on the relationship between organizational performance and the work environment.


In 2007, Mr. Acs participated in the La Passerelle program where he embarked on a career change. For several years, he played an active role as a volunteer at La Passerelle, and in 2011, he returned as the Executive Director. La Passerelle is an employment and career transition center for mature workers 40 years plus. As part of his role at La Passerelle, Mr. Acs is constantly searching for new ways to assist mature workers’ re-entry into the workforce and to promote public awareness of the effects of ageism in the workplace. Community engagement has always been important for Mr. Acs. He has been actively involved with several community organizations, serving in various capacities.


Mr. Acs serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Community Economic Development and Employability Corporation (CEDEC). CEDEC helps communities achieve economic success, taking economic development initiatives from idea, to action, to sustainable results. CEDEC combines economic development and collaborative theory and practice to deliver measurable economic benefits and results.


Megan Marinos C.R.M. /LL.M

President, Co-founder of Kigi Agency


An eternal student who seems to often choose the path less traveled. Megan envisioned a career as an international businesswoman obtaining a degree in International Business picturing a jet setting career. she travelled around Europe while obtaining a couple of law degrees before moving back to Canada for another law degree and certification as a Canadian Risk Manager.  Megan worked in the technology sector for 10 years before deciding to open her own non-profit organization, Kigi Agency, a province-wide online platform where people 55 years and older can find part-time, occasional, volunteer or short-term work across Quebec. Ms. Marinos continues to work as a consultant for other start-up businesses and volunteering.  Megan is passionate about gourmet cooking, wine tasting, walking and learning constantly.

September 17, 2021

Online webinar: COVID-19 Vaccine Passport

The webinar will feature a presentation on what the app is, how to use it and how to get your information onto your phone, as well as what other forms of proof of vaccination will be accepted in Quebec.  It will be followed by a Q&A period as well. This webinar is presented in partnership with Centre for Research on Aging (engAGE) and the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN).

Presenters:

Monica Escobedo from Concordia University’s Centre for Reasearch on Engaging (engAGE)

Monica started volunteering in 2005 with various community organizations and hospitals, especially with the senior population. She currently works as the administrative assistant for the Art Hives Network as well as technical support for the Creative engAGE Living Lab, hosting bi-weekly Digital-Skill sharing sessions to mainly helped seniors staying connected with their community through diverse digital technologies.

April 13, 2021

Free Presentation: Food as Fuel: Discovering How To Heal From The Inside Out 

Join us for a conversation with Crystal Baran, a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Naturotherapist, who will discuss the role of nutrition in ensuring a healthy body and mind. Topics will include basic information on nutrition, the differences between whole and processed foods, organic versus non-GMO foods, the value of reading nutritional labels and foods you can eat to improve your overall health.

Presenter

Crystal Baran, a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach & Naturotherapist, Crystal specializes in working with people to overcome stress and burnout, but she has made it her mission to educate people on their personal health and wellness journeys. She has over 20 years of corporate leadership experience, as well as multiple years in the personal development field, as well as studying at the world-renowned Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she learnt about nutrition, bio-individuality and how each person’s need on their journey will be different.

March 18, 2021 

Free Presentation: Understanding Seniors Addictions, Behavioural Habits and Treatment Options

Do you or someone you love struggle with late life addiction? By providing you important knowledge, tips and resources, this interactive seminar will help you navigate these often-troubled waters.

Presenters

Solange Baril
Solange completed her undergraduate studies in philosophy and gerontology. She has more than nine years’ experience working as a counsellor, clinical supervisor, trainer and coordinator at Groupe Harmonie, a Montreal-based community organization helping people aged 55 years and over who struggle with addictions. She is currently working as a research coordinator at Laval University (Quebec City) and developing her practice as a specialized therapist in Geriatric Addiction.


Dr Blanca Vacaflor
Dr Vacaflor completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology and her medical studies at Université de Montréal. She completed residency in Psychiatry at McGill University, and is currently pursuing subspecialty training in Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia. She has published on the topic of cannabis use in older adults and continues to harbor special interest in the growing field of Geriatric Addiction. 

February 23, 2021 

Free ZOOM Presentation: Taking Care of Body & Mind as We Get Older: Symptoms & Treatment Options

Are you feeling anxious, cannot sleep, lack motivation, depressed, feeling helpless, no interest in things that used to bring you joy? You are not alone! Please join us and hear about what you can do to start feeling better and what support is out there for you.

Seniors Action Quebec is pleased to bring you expert insight on these issues from medical experts from Geriatric Medicine- McGill, Dept. of Psychiatry, Jewish General Hospital/ Lady Davis Institute, McGill University, and the Douglas Hospital.

The presenters will be discussing the physical & psychological aspects of what you may be experiencing. You will hear of treatment that can be done  from the safety of your homes.

Dr. Wendy Chiu is a Geriatric Medicine specialist at the MUHC - Montreal General Hospital. She is a graduate of the McGill Faculty of Medicine and completed residency training at McGill and the University of Toronto. Her work mostly involves multidisciplinary assessment and rehabilitation of the "frail elderly" via MGH Geriatric Day Hospital, which has the mandate of assisting "frail" seniors to live in the community for as long and as safely & independently as possible, with emphasis on patient & caregiver quality of life. She also teaches at the McGill Faculty of Medicine and has been a hands-on primary caregiver herself to family members with severe physical disability and memory loss.

Dr. Soham Rej is a Geriatric Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor at the Jewish General Hospital/Lady Davis Institute, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. His team is currently running a Telehealth Intervention Program for Older Adults (TIP-OA). The program provides weekly friendly phone calls from trained volunteers during and post-Covid: http://www.telehealthmontreal.ca/index.html. Dr. Rej’s Geri-PARTy lab also conducts clinical trials of behavioral interventions (e.g. mindfulness, meditation, tai chi, yoga, exercise, health education, virtual reality) in late-life mood, anxiety, and cognitive disorders (e.g. dementia).

Dr. Paola Lavin Gonzales, Research Associate, is a medical doctor who specializes in clinical research. She is a research associate at the Lady Davis Research Institute and the Douglas Hospital in Montreal. Her work focuses on mental health and novel lines of research in digital psychiatry. She is currently co-leading with a group of researchers and clinicians the Telehealth Intervention Program for Older Adults at the Jewish General Hospital. This service is for any senior who could benefit from social connection and conversation with a trained volunteer.  www.telehealthmontreal.ca

November 17, 2020 

Seniors and Cannabis: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid to Ask!

Presentation 1: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM Alain Deschamps: Your Legal Responsibilities and Rights

Mr Deschamps is a  former defense lawyer  working as a Plain Language  Specialist  and Translator with the legal information centre  Éducaloi. Mr. Deschamps will be addressing  the following: Cannabis and driving: what are the limits?; What powers do the police have with regards to cannabis?; Possession of cannabis: how much can you have and where can you have it?; and What are the laws around travelling with cannabis?

Presentation 2: 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Anne Millette: Learn About the Different Types of Cannabis and the Potential Medical Benefits of Cannabis for Seniors

Anne  Millette, a microbiologist and industry specialist, will be focusing on the following topics and questions: The differences between THC & CBD, how cannabis affects the body, who can benefit from cannabis as a medical treatment and different ways to consume cannabis.

Co-presented by Éducaloi and Seniors Action Quebec

October 20, 2020

Tools for Planning Ahead: Power of Attorney, Protection Mandates, Advance Medical Directives, and Wills

This online workshop will explain the various legal tools available for planning ahead. After a brief refresher on power of attorney, protection mandates, and advance medical directives, the workshop will focus primarily on wills. 

We will cover such topics as the three different types of wills that are legal in Quebec, the advantages and disadvantages of each type, how to make a will, the conditions to respect to ensure that a will is valid, and how to update a will you have already. 

This will be an excellent opportunity for seniors who need to modify their current Will or wishes to understand the requirements regarding Mandates and the relatively new law “Advanced Medical Directives”.

Co-presented by Éducaloi and Seniors Action Quebec

September 22, 2020

The Safe Use of Medication. Do I Still Need This Medication?

Camille Gagnon, PharmD, Assistant Director of the Canadian Deprescribing Network will be presenting on: How to make sure your medications are helping and not harming. Why does aging make us more sensitive to the effects of medication?  and how can seniors, caregivers and healthcare professionals work together to prevent harmful medication effects?

Co-presented by the Canadian Deprescribing Network and Seniors Action Quebec

 

September 9, 2020

Cultural Change in Long Term Care

The current health crisis has taken a terrible toll in Quebec’s long-term care homes with thousands of Canada’s elders dying alone, neglected, and isolated from their families. Not surprisingly, the elder care crisis started long before the coronavirus pandemic. As highlighted in a ten-year international project on promising practices in long-term residential care, the biggest obstacles to quality care are inappropriate staffing levels, lack of training and the perception of elder care as unskilled work. This pandemic has provided an opportunity to think about how long-term care homes can be transformed from restrictive institutions into vibrant caring communities, full of dignity and respect, where older adults can flourish and prosper, not just survive.  

Join us for this poignant event where you will hear from some of Canada’s leading researchers on Culture Change in Long Term Care, and participate in an interactive discussion where we will examine the challenges and opportunities as well as create a report and recommendations for the provincial government. 

This will be co-sponsored by Recreotherapy and Seniors Action Quebec. 

November 4, 2019

Addressing Financial Concerns of Seniors

TOPICS
✔ Fraud and Scams
✔ Tax rebates
✔ Financial Abuse
✔ Getting your affairs in order

June 13th, 2019

Geriatric Healthcare Professionals and Seniors Talking Together About Senior's Needs.

Dr.Mitch Shuman

Dr. Mitch Shuman

Featuring panel discussions sharing information on new resources that are in place for seniors, as well as areas of concern and how can they be addressed. Information on Super Clinics, the challenge of finding a family doctor, what palliative care services are available in the hospital, from the CLSC and palliative care residences.

May 3rd, 2019

Housing: What’s Next?

Attendees Attendees
Dr.Mitch Shuman

The Honorable Marc Garneau speaking with attendees at the Seniors Action Quebec Housing Conference

Spend the day with us and hear from housing experts in a multitude of fields. Topics of discussion will include the National Housing Strategy, the future of housing policy in Canada, affordable housing, as well as a panel discussion on housing from a wide variety of experts and a fascinating look at how the Netherlands are addressing seniors housing needs.

April 9, 2019

Living Positively Through Life’s Changes: Caregivers Finding Balance.

There is one thing we can be certain of in life, it is that things change. Sometimes these changes can be exceptionally challenging, and we yearn to rediscover a sense of stability, calmness, and well-being. During times of transition and upheaval, it is sometimes useful to thoughtfully engage with the tough questions that arise.

April 27, 2015

Bill 52: End-of-Life Choices April 2015

A full-day conference, this important event focused on informing and educating seniors on the new government legislation ruling end-of-life choices . Featuring discussions and information sessions by MPs, physicians and religious leaders on the many complex aspects around decisions on end-of-life care. There was also practical information on palliative care and estate planning.

Video of former Quebec Liberal Party MNA Geoffrey Kelley discussing Bill 52

May 1, 2013

Rediscovering and Celebrating Our Seniors Contribution to Their Communities

At the conclusion of the Project " Rediscovering and Celebrating Our Seniors Contribution to Their Communities " on May 1st, 2013 at Concordia University's Loyola Multi-Faith Chapel, Seniors Action Quebec held an Award ceremony honoring nine outstanding members of the English-speaking community for their years of volunteer work. The recipients of the awards were: Geraldine Doucet, Daphne Nahmiash, Dr. Clarence Bayne, Ura Greenbaum, Harold Greenspon, Dr. Catherine Gillbert, Belva Thomas, Ved Vohra and Tricia Pitre. The ceremony was emceed by former CTV News Anchor Bill Haugland. The award ceremony and project were made possible by a New Horizons for Seniors grant. In addition, similar award ceremonies were held for outstanding seniors in Quebec City, Outaouais ( Aylmer), and Lower Laurentians (Lachute).

Video of winners